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Andy Ogletree and team United States of America beat Great Britain & Ireland in Walker Cup

Andy Ogletree and team United States of America beat Great Britain & Ireland in Walker Cup

Following a foursomes win in the morning, with partner Conor Purcell, Fitzpatrick took out world number one amateur Cole Hammer (great name!) in the top afternoon singles game to help The GB&I team to a 7-5 lead after day one. The Americans closed within one point after winning two foursomes matches and tying another in the morning.

Sandy Scott then took out the US Amateur champion Andy Ogletree after a thrilling affair which saw the young Scotsman fire six birdies, finally seeing off the American with a par at the last for an important 1 up victory.

The U.S. team increased the series lead to 37-9-1.

In the other foursomes, Salinda and John Park beat Sandy Scott and Euan Walker 2 and 1, and Americans Brandon Wu and Alex Smalley edged Thomas Sloman and Thomas Plumb 2 and 1.

It was left to Tom Sloman to salvage some pride for the home side and he delivered GB&I's second point of the singles by beating Steven Frisk by two holes to leave the final score at 15½-10½.

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And they secured their first win over here since 2007 when John Augenstein beat England's Thomas Plumb 4&3.

Great Britain and Ireland captain Craig Watson consoles Alex Fitzpatrick after he lost his singles match
Great Britain and Ireland captain Craig Watson consoles Alex Fitzpatrick after he lost his singles match

They were four-up after eight holes and although the Americans cut the deficit in half by winning at the 13 and 15, the remaining holes were halved to give the home side the early breakthrough. Following wins at the 14th and 15th Fitzpatrick was two up with three to play and despite a birdie from Hammer at the 16th the point went to GB&I.

Augenstein, Pak and Wu won for the United States.

The away side pulled another point back after Pak edged out Amateur champion James Sugrue, who did not feature in the morning foursomes - and only arrived on the tee two minutes before his match was due to start - by one hole.

"Obviously the boys are disappointed", said GB&I captain Craig Watson. We were pretty lucky to be 5-3 down when it looked like we could be 6-2 or even 7-1-down.

As they say over here, I think we were a little slow out of the paddock, but we fought hard to get back to where we were and all square going into lunch.

The pair made just one bogey after that.

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